Building Centre, London
For this evening’s lecture Kelly Alvarez Doran OAA of MASS Design Group and Richard Boyd MEng CEng MICE of Arup will be joined by Cécile Faraud, C40 and Paloma Gormley and Summer Islam of Material Cultures to discuss the relationships between material provenance, embodied energy, and immediate actions the building industry can take to address the Climate Crisis.
Meeting the IPCC’s 2030 challenge requires a radical refocusing of our efforts towards embodied energy and material provenance. How can we choose between two different wall assemblies, two window suppliers, two doors, two walls, two structural systems? Assuming both options perform and cost the same, does either contain minerals and materials that were sustainably sourced, processed and transported? Was either sourced and processed with fair labour? Does either option have half the carbon footprint of the industry norm? What is the norm? The speakers used recent projects to illustrate methods to begin answering these questions, followed by a panel discussion focused on moving from declaration to action.
Kelly Alvarez Doran OAA, MASS Design Group
Richard Boyd MEng CEng MICE, Arup
Cécile Faraud, C40
Paloma Gormley and Summer Islam, Material Cultures
with Marlise Blaser, Katharina Lehmann, Summer Islam & Paloma Gormley
To achieve the net-zero greenhouse gas emissions objective, and keep the global temperature increase to 1.5°C, the building sector needs to shift its goals towards carbon-negative construction materials. In the first talk of the seminar week, the studio invited Marlise Blaser (Elementwerk Istighofen), Katharina Lehmann (Blumer Lehman Holzbau), Summer Islam & Paloma Gormley (Material Culture) to discuss the future of construction materials.
Marlise Blaser is owner and director of Elementwerk Istighofen since 2002. The company specialises in fabricating facade elements and other bespoke precast concrete elements, using their own mix of concrete. Marlise Blaser studied business management and civil engineering in Bern and worked for Zeltner Ingenieure AG and Walo Bertschinger AG before becoming director of Elementwerk Istighofen.
Katharina Lehmann studied economy at HSG and is the CEO of the Lehmann Gruppe since 1996, where she runs Blumer Lehmann AG. Blumer Lehmann has extensive experience in the design, production planning, fabrication and assembly of timber constructions and are leaders in developing know-how about working with wood. They are investigating technical innovations to achieve sustainable and durable solutions.
Summer Islam & Paloma Gormley are both young architects based in London, running their own practices Studio Abroad and Practice Architecture. They are the founders of Material Culture, a non-profit research organisation working at the intersection of low embodied carbon and high efficiency off-site construction, where they are working with ARUP to develop prototypical designs for low and high density housing, commercial and cultural uses
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2020 20th October, What is Next? New Material Developments, ETH Zurich
2020 19th May, Returning to The Future, Centre for Alternative Technology,
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2019 11th November, Material Provenance and the Climate Crisis. Building Centre, London
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